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Open Forum: Same-sex marriage is a contradiction

Posted: May 30, 2012 - 7:48pm

I note some problems in the same-sex “marriage” discussion. First, some people seem to have forgotten that words have meaning. Lincoln allegedly posed this question: If you call an elephant’s tail a leg, how many legs does it have? Answer: You can call his tail a leg, but he still has only four legs. The concept of same-sex “marriage” is comparable to that of a square circle. Marriage, square and circle all have precise and clear definitions. Using these words with other definitions leads only to confusion. From the dawn of human society marriage has always been understood to be the union of a man and a woman. Variations exist, but the basic definition remains: one woman and one man.

Second, every worthwhile human association has a worthy purpose. The primary purpose is not merely the couple’s pleasure. It is to produce and nurture offspring to take their appropriate places in human society. Fulfilling that purpose according to God’s wise instructions perpetuates the society and provides responsible parents with joys (physical and spiritual) plus — satisfaction unachievable any other way.

Same sex couples can adopt, love and raise children with some success. But they cannot model or adequately teach the healthy mother-father relationship required to prepare children for their adult years. And worse, children raised by same-sex couples are vulnerable to growing up with gender confusion.

Numerous scientific studies have clearly demonstrated that usually children raised by their biological parents do better in every phase of life, suffer less problems with crime, drugs, etc., and in general become successful adults. Same sex couples may form legal unions, enjoy some of the same benefits of heterosexual unions, but cannot accurately call such unions marriages.

Dwight Johnson

Nisswa